Being Mary Jane Returns in October

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It was reported this week that BET’s hit drama Being Mary Jane starring Gabrielle Union, was going to return for it’s third season on October 20th.  This was definitely as pleasant surprise as I wasn’t expecting it to return until the winter TV season as it had  it’s first two seasons. 

After the cliffhanger we were left with at the end of the season two finale, I’m certainly not complaining.  There’s nothing that will keep an audience on the edge of their seats more than the reveal of a huge, life-changing secret and our heroine having a last-minute car crash.

So what’s in store for the new season?  Per Entertainment Weekly, the fabulous Loretta Devine and the equally fabulous Jill Scott will be joining the cast for recurring roles.

“Devine — who earned an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress for her work as Adele Webber on Grey’s — will play Cecilia, a bookstore owner whose car was hit by Mary Jane’s vehicle in the OMG-what-just-happened car accident that occurred in the last moments of the season 2 finale. It seems as theirs isn’t an accident that results in MJ simply handing over her insurance info, since Cecilia will extort her for a whopping $25,000. And that won’t be the end of their relationship, as later in the 10-episode series, the two characters will unexpectedly grow close when Cecilia “offers MJ unwanted, but invaluable, pieces of advice and wisdom,” says BET. 

Scott, who has appeared on both the small screen and film with features like 2014’s Get On Up, will make her debut on Being Mary Jane as Jackie, Niecy’s (Raven Goodwin) mom. According to BET, Scott’s character is “back in town just long enough to show her [daughter] some tough love and Patrick some much needed sexual attention.””

The upcoming season will also see Mary Jane recovering from her accident while reassessing her life, her relationships and career.  I’ve always enjoyed this show because while I’ve wanted to strangle Mary Jane more than once for some of her questionable choices and the often avoidable spot of trouble that she got herself into, I’ve nearly always been able to relate to her because of those things.  She’s very real, with the same flaws and foibles that we all have.  So while I may have wanted to throttle her a few times, I’ve always ended up wanting to hug her right afterward.

There’s a reason why the show’s tagline is Beautifully Flawed.

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